Tony Whyton


On his book Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition

Cover Interview of August 08, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How and why legendary figures are needed to tell historical stories.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“It is irrelevant and impossible to know whether Ellington was in fact bisexual.  However, what I am interested in is the problem this concept presents for jazz audiences and fans of Ellington alike.”

On the second:

“Besides turning everyday assumptions on their heads, Jazz Icons finds significance in things that usually go unnoticed.”